It’s an amazing epitaph. An individual, who, through something as simple as acting (dressing up and playing make-believe) inspired so many in such a positive way and in a way that will stand the test of time and be remembered as long as the human race is a space-faring species.
NASA’s front page is dedicated to him today as he and his fellow Star Trek colleagues are woven into the purpose and passion of why we have space programmes and why we went to the moon and beyond and the reason we have the spin off technology we use today without thinking. Spock is part of that tapestry.
It’s an amazing epitaph that a character that was supposedly devoid of emotion actually displayed such compassion. As Kirk says in the movie, “he was the most… human”.
And that is the purpose of science fiction, to turn the mirror back on ourselves and take a long cold look at who we are and think about what we could become. In that, Nimoy was not an actor, but a mirror and we are better off because of what he reflected back to us.
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
– Leonard Nimoy 1931 – 2015